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Healing the Inherited Burden
As trees have roots, we have links with our ancestors. To a greater extent than we usually assume, their DNA and life experiences live in us, with both beneficial and pathological influences. Indeed, traumas, unfinished mourning, family secrets and conflicts reverberate from generation to generation, shaping the lives of their descendants.
However, and despite the influences of these transgenerational inheritances, the author reminds us that we are not a simple product of the past, nor just the fruit of our family tree. We can integrate our hidden heritages instead of having them unconsciously driving our lives. We can also identify and rewrite the false or missing parts of our genealogy. With many illustrations the author shows how analyzing our ancestors’ lives helps us to understand problematic conditions and heals all kinds of symptoms. Goethe already explained: What we have received from our ancestors, we must assimilate until it becomes a part of ourselves if we want it to be an enrichment instead of a burden.
This is the first time an author has merged contemporary transgenerational therapy and universal wisdoms. In his book, he also reveals how modern practices can benefit from mythological teachings, in line with the ancient maxim: Know Thyself.
TRANSGENERATIONAL HEALING OF OEDIPUS AT COLONUS
Unveiling a universal therapeutic model
Strange as it may seem, the family curse inherited by Oedipus at his birth has never been analyzed prior to this study. Going back four generations in the lineage of Oedipus, the author deciphers the transgenerational inheritance that alienates Oedipus until his discovery of his adoption and the identity of his parents. The crisis Oedipus then suffers appears to be a necessary journey for him to integrate his heritage, to heal and to be reborn. Tiresias explained: "this day will make you born and die at the same time."
The author shows why the cataclysmic ending of Oedipus the King, contrary to popular belief, is not a fatal outcome but rather a necessary ordeal which the hero must live through. The tragedy then becomes a catharsis, transforming Oedipus into the guarantor of Colonus’ prosperity. In truth, from the plague at the beginning of Oedipus the King to the glorious epilogue of Oedipus at Colonus, Sophocles' work is based on ancient healing principles. As we recognize the underlying transgenerational dynamics, Oedipus’ healing appears to be a masterful teaching of an extraordinary therapeutic model.
This book challenges some of our deep-seated contemporary prejudices. Instead of cutting our links with the environment that gave birth to us, as with the umbilical cord, in following Sophocles we discover how to be better ourselves by symbolically integrating our roots. This way of restoring our belonging to the world frees us from the modern need to dominate it or instrumentalize it. More than ever, we need such a paradigm to deepen the meaning of our relationship to the world.
SHAMANISM, ANCESTORS AND TRANSGENERATIONAL THERAPY
Contemporary Practices and Universal Wisdom
The Ancients already knew the therapeutic potential of the family links between generations that we rediscover in modern transgenerational practices. Far from being a new fashion, the recognition of transgenerational processes dates back to the first shamanic type of communities. Their methods to cure "The Ancestor Syndrome" offer to contemporary therapies essential historical references and valuable teachings.
Transgenerational therapy brings a welcome middle ground for exchanges between traditional shamanic and curent therapeutic approaches. This new field nourishes the rooting of contemporary practices as well as the renewal of universal wisdom. With the contribution of specialists from different backgrounds, this collective book presents a wide spectrum of perspectives to bridge traditional and modern knowledges.